Mike Zimmer on Everson Griffen: 'I've always loved Everson'

26 September, 2018, 10:09 | Author: Lillian Steele
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According to a Minnetrista, Minnesota, police incident report, Les Pico, the Vikings' executive director of player development, told police that Griffen had been "explosive, screaming and yelling" at the team facility and that he had been struggling in recent weeks. Griffen had been told by the team not to attend Saturday's practice.

Zimmer was asked Tuesday whether the team could have done anything to make sure Griffen had undergone a mental health evaluation prior to Saturday. During the game, defensive end Everson Griffen was nowhere to be seen. The source indicated that both sides were in agreement that Griffen would stay away from the facility until he was in a better mental state. He claimed to know the person who was filling up gas in his truck, though the man later told police he did not know Griffen. Pico said he meant to meet with Griffen on Saturday at Hotel Ivy, where Griffen had been staying.

Police say they found Griffen outside his home, "yelling" and making unusual comments.

Monday, a report came out alleging Griffen was arrested for trying to break into a teammate's home, but the Vikings denied that.

"To clarify, there was no attempted break-in at our home and at no point did my family or I feel unsafe", Waynes said.

Griffen has to put football on the back shelf while he tries to heal, with plenty of support. When police officers showed up, Griffen said "I'm leaving".

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Police met Griffen outside late Saturday afternoon, and he was making comments about "777" - having to do with angels - and that he went to Waynes' home because "God made me do it".

After the Vikings requested a welfare check by Minnetrista police Saturday, Griffen was taken to a hospital and placed on a health and welfare hold, the end of a long day that started with Griffen being turned away from practice. "We told him that he needed to go to a hospital and get checked out", an officer stated in his report.

Medics told police some deer had crossed the road in front of the ambulance and Griffen had jumped up and told them he feared being shot.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman issued a statement that read, "We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard".

"The only thing that we're concerned about for Everson isn't anything do with football, it's about him getting better", Zimmer reflected. "He's always been a really good model for us and obviously he's going through some tough times now".

Griffen was ruled out on the pregame injury report against Buffalo on Sunday because of what was listed as knee trouble. Unable to return to Minnesota in time for the birth, Griffen watched via FaceTime from his phone before recording two sacks in that game.


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